The Seller’s Guide is a new Series we created, to provide useful tips to prepare you & your home for sale.
Our fifth edition in the series talks about the importance of preparing your home to sell and making the appropriate modifications to the house to increase its value.
Prepare Your Home
Every Seller wants to sell their home quickly and every buyer wants to believe the home they choose is the “right one”. As we prepare the home for sale, here are a few things to keep in mind: begin this process with one simple idea “this is not my home; it is a house.”
We have broken down this process into three levels. As always, discuss with your Hussar Real Estate professional what level is required to get the most value for your home.
LEVEL 1: THE BASICS
If it is not needed, remove it and put it in storage. Pack up the knick-knacks. Keep counters clean.
Remove photographs and memorabilia. Remember this is going to be a fresh start for someone else’s dreams and you want them to be able to visualize making their own memories here.
Clean the home inside and out. Clean inside the cabinets. Clean the grout in your bathroom(s). Remove spider webs, dust bunnies, wash the windows, dust the furniture, clean the carpets, vacuum, etc. Don’t forget about the outside!
LEVEL 2: BEYOND THE BASICS
Think neutral colors. If you have off-beat colors, bring them back to a more neutral color, it allows the buyer to visualize a clean slate.
Change room decorations and themes
Jungle themed room? All pink or all blue kid’s room? For now, redecorate and turn it into a study. Keep it simple.
These repairs are not supposed to break the bank. If its a cheap and easy fix, then fix it. Repair squeaky doors, holes in walls, leaking faucets, broken cabinet doors, and anything else that could deter buyers.
LEVEL 3: WAY BEYOND THE BASICS
Haven’t replaced the roof in 20+ years? Need to replace the carpet? Want to add better flooring? Remodel the bathroom? These more expensive repairs will add value to your home and are projects worth considering.
With these larger repairs it is important to understand any work that you put into the home should add value to the homes final sales price; if not, it’s not worth it.
– Think of this process as a head start to packing.
– Even though some repairs seem minor, they become a major factor in determining whether the buyer will actually buy.
– Pay particular attention to rooms that smell, odors are a complete turn-off.
– Don’t forget about the outside, this is the first impression.
– Scrutinize the home. If you were a buyer would you want to buy this home?
You have lived here and you know all the pros and cons.
– Highlight the pros and help eliminate the cons.
Looking for more real estate guidance? Refer to our other Sellers Guides for additional relevant home sale preparedness and information.